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Math teacher Alyssa Barratt receives district level Horizon Award

Math teacher Alyssa Barratt receives district level Horizon Award

Corinne Scales, Reporter

November 15, 2018


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Going above and beyond her fellow first year teachers, Alyssa Barratt was awarded the district Horizon Award for Secondary Teachers. Not all teachers have opportunity to receive this award—only teachers who display excellence throughout their first year of teaching. “Alyssa has showcased an incredible profe...

Game Preview: Free State vs. Manhattan

Game Preview: Free State vs. Manhattan

Ahmed Jakmouj, Sports Reporter

November 9, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Following a 51-27 victory over Haysville Campus in the second round, the 10-0 Firebirds look to take down the 9-1 Manhattan Indians. Last season, Free State was eliminated in this round of the playoffs by the Derby Panthers. This year the Firebirds have to beat a strong Manhattan defense to advance ...

Game Recap: Free State vs. Haysville Campus

Game Recap: Free State vs. Haysville Campus

Hayden Robinson, Co-Sports Editor

November 7, 2018


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Taking care of business on their home field yet again, the Free State football team brought their record to 9-0 by defeating Haysville Campus, 51-27.  Coming off a 61-point effort last week against Wichita North, the Firebirds had no trouble picking up where they left off, clicking on offense all...

Female students relate to new student resource officer Shelby Frazier

Female students relate to new student resource officer Shelby Frazier

Sabrina Castle, Editor-in-Chief

October 29, 2018


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Having been on the police force her entire career, Officer Shelby Frazier has experienced many years of rigorous training and hazardous situations while working on the street. Despite her dedication to her career, Frazier often received less respect from suspects as her male coworkers due to the fact that she is a woman. “A lot of men on the street fee...

Technology takes over classrooms

Technology takes over classrooms

Ahmed Jakmouj, Reporter

October 28, 2018


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As virtual learning becomes more popular, the Lawrence School District voted in 2017 to give students personal laptops which they can use for the duration of the school year.  By using certain tools like Google Classroom, teachers are able to upload assignments online so that they are accessible to s...

Album Review: “Trench” by 21 Pilots

Album Review: “Trench” by 21 Pilots

Nick Burket, Reporter

October 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

From 21 Pilots new album “Trench”, I was expecting the softer, grungier tone and sound of previous songs such as “Heathens” or “Stressed Out” from their last album “BlurryFace”. The opener, “Jumpsuit”, is one of my favorite tracks on the album. The subtlety of the song truly captures...

Teachers and District at Impasse

Teachers and District at Impasse

Sabrina Castle, Reporter

September 18, 2018


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On August 23, a mass email titled “From The Table” was sent to over 950 teachers in the Lawrence school district. The message contained a summary of what had been decided at the August 9 negotiations session. The more teachers that opened the message, the more frustrated “reply alls” were sent back...

Tired of the Culture: Part 3

Sabrina Castle and Grace Porter

May 19, 2018


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Students and staff take action to bring awareness to sexual violence within the school

Tired of the Culture: Part 2

Sabrina Castle, Reporter

May 19, 2018


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As sexual assault allegations are surfacing against prominent men in our society, rape culture has become a frequently discussed topic. Since the public's attention has become focused on the issue of sexual violence, students are voicing their concerns that administrators are tolerant of rape culture....

Tired of the Culture: Part 1

Sabrina Castle, Reporter

May 19, 2018


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Anonymous  “I was with someone for a long time, for like a year. We broke up in September and that was kind of hard on me. I just felt really stuck, so I turned to drinking on the weekends and parties and getting high.” Fifty percent of sexual assault happens while victims or perpetrators are u...

Game of the Week: Girls varsity soccer wins season opener 4-2

Game of the Week: Girls varsity soccer wins season opener 4-2

Jax Egan, Sports Reporter

March 30, 2018


Filed under Game of the Week, Recent, Sports, Top Stories

“These past three or four weeks of practice we’ve been working on attacking,” senior Sydni Beeley said. “And that’s what we did,” In the first game of the season for the Free State girls soccer team versus Shawnee Heights, an early goal from senior Sophia Bone was all it took to get the...

Varsity basketball falls in heartbreaking State title game

Varsity basketball falls in heartbreaking State title game

Jax Egan, Reporter

March 12, 2018


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In a rowdy and boisterous arena for the final basketball game of some of their careers, the Firebirds kept fighting until the very end. Free State posed a comeback but eventually fell to the Blue Valley Northwest Huskies in the Class 6A state title game, 51-40. Having trouble against a stifling defense, t...

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